Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Quilt In

Sunbury Stitchers and Quilters Quilt In

The theme for this year's Quilt In was High Tea and Debbie and the Quilt In committee did a fantastic job with the decorating and worked really hard throughout the year to make this event a success!

Before I say any more I do have a confession!  I was supposed to be the official photographer on the day and it's probably fair to say that I failed in this task because I didn't check the battery on my camera before I left the house.  Ahem.  And while we're on the subject of confessing I have to admit that I forgot my 2pm - 3pm shift on the raffle table.  Sorry Deb ;-)

The Quilt In this year was held at the Jack Mackenzie hall in Bulla as it's a nice sized hall with lots of parking and is fairly easy to get to for our visiting groups travelling from all over Victoria.  A large group of us got together on the Friday to decorate the hall and I think it looked fantastic!

One of our beautifully decorated tables

Ready for our guests

The charity we were supporting this year was a local not for profit charity providing accommodation for women and children.  The aim of this charity is to take in families in emergency situations and then support them to help get them back on their feet.  Our group spent many months making all kinds of things to sell at our trading table on the day of the Quilt In. 

Charity trading table

We had two lovely guest speakers attend this event.  Emma Jean Jansen spoke first and displayed a whole pile of amazing quilts she had designed which feature in her book By The Bundle.  Emma Jean also designs fabrics for the Australian company Ella Blue.  You can see more of Emma Jean's work on her website

Emma Jean Jansen

Thank you gift

Our next guest speaker was Janette McInnes from the The Plain Needlewoman.  Janette had a whole heap of antique quilts, all with fascinating stories, to show us.  (This is where my camera died!)  Hopefully we'll have more pictures to show you soon.  You can see more of Janette's quilts on her blog

Spellbound.  Janette's antique quilts are stunning!

The ladies from St Mary's church, Sunbury, provided delicious soup and rolls for lunch.  The money they raised is used to support an orphanage in Chibobo, Africa.  The Sunbury Stitchers and Quilters are a talented lot who not only can sew lots of lovely things but we can bake too!  The tables groaned under the weight of all those tasty cakes and sweet goods!


We had four shops attend the Quilt In this year.  There was Patchworks Unlimited, Hoops Quilts, Patch n Quilt and Statewide Sewing centre, Highpoint.  They had a huge range of things for sale on the day.  Statewide Sewing centre kindly donated the first prize which was a fantastic overlocker and this was won by one of the lovely helpers Debbie drafted in to help for the day!  As another of Debbie's friend's won the sewing machine donated by Statewide at the last raffle I'm going to make sure that I purchase my tickets from Debbie next time in the hopes that some of this luck rubs off on me!  There were also lucky door prizes awarded throughout the day.

What people don't see, and aren't supposed to see, is all the hard work that goes into hosting an event like this so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Debbie and the Quilt In committee who worked hard with organising the whole day and to all the members who stepped in and helped out on the Friday and Saturday.  You really did an amazing job! 

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Our Quilt In was a huge success thanks to Deb, quilt committee and the members who gave up time to sew and set up on Friday culminating to a most enjoyable day Sat. The venue was perfect and we were lucky to have such a sunny/bright day. Today l handed over a cheque $1086 raised on the day, to Jo Kavanagh who runs the 'Non for profit Half Way House for Women and Children'.
    Jo was overwhelmed with our generocity and hard work. Plans will be put into action to build a much needed dry shed to store clothing and belongings.
    Photos will be sent to the group on completion. You should all feel proud of your efforts.


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